Beauty Q&A: What Is a Makeup Spoolie?

July 13, 2020
Deven Hopp
By: Deven Hopp | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Beauty Q&A: What Is a Makeup Spoolie Used For?

What is a makeup spoolie? Chances are you’ve seen one, but you may not have known the technical term. If you haven’t, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite beauty tool. The spoolie brush is an often-overlooked eyebrow-shaping tool that looks like a mascara wand (minus the mascara) with a tapered head and soft bristles. 


How to Use a Spoolie

There are myriad ways you can use spoolies in your makeup and beauty routine, and we’ve broken down exactly how to, ahead.

How to Use a Spoolie to Tame Your Eyebrows

You can use a spoolie to brush your brows into place before you begin grooming or filling them in, or use it after you’ve filled in your brows to soften any harsh markings. A quick brush through your eyebrows with a spoolie will even out the color, making the finished style look like your natural brows.
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How to Use a Spoolie to Comb Through Your Eyelashes

Whether you’re dealing with a clumpy mascara or you simply want to comb out your eyelash extensions, a spoolie is an excellent tool to keep in your arsenal. If you wear mascara, simply comb through your lashes with a clean spoolie after you apply 1-2 coats to help elongate and clean up your look. If you have lash extensions, use a clean spoolie every day to separate each lash for a more fluttery look.

Use a Spoolie to Remove Nail Polish

Perhaps the most unexpected spoolie hack in the book is to dip a clean spoolie into nail polish remover and rub it along your nails to remove polish. The precision of the bristles allows for the remover to really sink into every crevice to get your nail bed and tips completely clean.

Spoolie Recommendations

We love when we can save space in our beauty regimen with multi-use products, so a good pencil with a built-in spoolie is our tool of choice. Otherwise, for a plastic, disposable option, try the G2PLUS Disposable Eyelash Mascara Brushes. If you are just looking for a spoolie to use on your brows, we love the NYX Professional Makeup Dip, Shape, Go! Longwear Brow Pomade that has a dual-ended angled brush and spoolie.